Turning green…

Jan 10, 2017

Happy New Year! No I am not proposing a political direction, nor feeling particularly jealous… I have however been thinking about the environment and want to share some of the initiatives we are developing this year. It is quite easy to feel negative about the year just gone – certainly 2016 will go down as […]

Start of a new year

Start of a new year

Sep 12, 2016

Its strange – when the children come back I do almost wish them a “Happy New Year!” The misalignment of the calendar and academic years is always a bit confusing. Mix in the April to April nature of the financial year and you have a wonderfully convoluted and inefficient system that seems to typify us […]

Summer arrives…

Summer arrives…

May 9, 2016

It’s been a wonderful weekend weather-wise, but also a weekend to celebrate for Patcham Junior School. The year 5 children did a great job, chanting their way through the streets of Brighton. Thank you to all the parents who turned out to help! The big Lemon bus looked resplendent, and though the ‘feeling like a […]

More assessment news…

More assessment news…

Feb 22, 2016

I have been writing to various organisations to express my concerns with the new assessment systems. The Standards and Testing Agency initially were sympathetic on the phone, but the follow up emails were stock answers and in places contradictory. I also contacted the British Dyslexia Society to see if they would support the issues raised […]

Writing and equality…

Writing and equality…

Feb 1, 2016

To start this post, consider the following. Is it possible to have capable or even gifted writers who struggle with spelling? Can dyslexic children who find spelling a bit of a mystery be gifted writers despite this? I would argue that in many¬†cases yes (consider Henry Winkler above…). One of the most gifted writers I […]

Year 6 SATs information

Jan 18, 2016

We will be holding an information meeting for all year 6 parents on Wednesday 10th February at 6.00pm. This will be an informal opportunity to look at sample papers and ask questions with regard to the Standard Attainment Tests that all year 6 children in the country take each year. This short film provides a […]

Let it snow…

Jan 18, 2016

Great excitement in my house this morning as we all woke up to see a blanket of snow covering the roads and gardens of Patcham. My end of the road is slightly higher than the school, so we always get it slightly worse than ‘down in the valley’. Infact the few houses where I live […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Jan 11, 2016

Looking back, 2015 for Patcham Junior School was a year of unequivocal success. This time last year we were in an OFSTED category, judged as having “serious weaknesses” and anxiously waiting reinspection. This of course has been completely turned around and now the school’s efforts have been recognised in a ‘good’ judgement. More than this […]

League tables

League tables

Dec 14, 2015

Apologies – it has been a couple of weeks since I last wrote my blog. From time to time, my workload reaches critical levels and I simply have not had the time to do this… Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, but we are so busy with various shows and productions – […]

Success!

Success!

Nov 18, 2015

This week I met with the Local Authority adviser who works with us to both support and challenge the school leadership in order to ensure we deliver the high quality education our children deserve. We carried out the annual data review, which most of the time for most schools involves looking at the areas that […]

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